Disney Dates Announced

Well…surprise, surprise!  We have some date that people have been waiting for, in some cases, years to hear!

rivers-of-lightRivers Of Light

First, the Rivers Of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will begin floating past the crowd on February 17, 2017!  This nighttime experience has had a few setbacks along the way, but I have faith that WDI has solved the mysteries that have eluded them and will bring a spectacular show!  Related to this event, Disney has also announced that there will be dinner packages available to get preferred seating for Rivers Of Light. Eligible restaurants include Tusker House, where you can choose to eat Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner for $37 for adults and $23 ages 3 – 9, tax and gratuity not included.  And Tiffin’s, where you get appetizer, entree, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage at a cost of $67 per adult and 32 for ages 3 – 9, with tax and gratuity not included.

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Next, say goodbye to Wishes!  Beginning on May 12 a new fireworks spectacular will be taking place in the Magic Kingdom! This new show will include music and clips from some of Disney’s newer films.  Look for Zootopia, Moana, Brave, Big Hero 6, and many others! The Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party will continue to be offered and will offer some of the better views of the new fireworks!  Take a look at the video that Disney released!  This is going to excite you!!

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Keeping the Magic Alive!!

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IT’S A DATE at WDW

Well, we finally have some dates for the openings that we have all been waiting for!

DAK SignThanks to CEO Bob Iger, we now know that Pandora-The World of Avatar is set to open to the public on May 27, 2017 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!  That’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer, for those of us in the U.S.  I think that the new attractions and adventures will bring a new life into DAK, and awaken the nighttime activity.  In Pandora, guests will be able to get their eating, drinking and shopping on in the new outlets within this land.

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Also announced, was the ‘opening’ of Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as, Disneyland California.  However, in the usual cryptic style, a SPECIFIC date was left out of the announcement.  At this point, we have been told that the new land will open sometime in 2019.  If I had to venture a guess, I’d say probably around Memorial Day of 2019. also!

There was no mention of the progress or an opening for Toy Story at DHS.

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WDW Fave GONE!

As of today, one of my favorite places to hit is closed!  I can’t believe it!  I am hoping, beyond hope, that it may return after all of the construction in some form or another!  Oh, what am I writing about?  The famed Disney’s Hollywood Studio quick service goodie shop, Starring Rolls, has closed it’s doors!

I don’t know about any of you, but I loved this place!  They had good sized sandwiches, tasty treats of all kinds, and specialties only found at this spot in all of WDW!  Can you say, Butterfinger Cupcake?

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With all it had to offer and a nice outdoor sitting area with a view of folks headed down Sunset Blvd. toward Rock N Rollercoaster or Tower of Terror, this will be a strongly missed venue!

A moment of silence, please?

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Let’s Keep The Magic Alive!!

Weekly WDW #2

Greetings my friends!  I hope this day finds you filled with Disney Magic!

Moonlight Magic After Hours events have been announced for 2017.

As a part of your DVC Membership, Disney will be hosting several After Hours events in every park throughout The Vacation Kingdom!  You evenings will begin at 7pm.  The park schedule is: <!– –>

  • Magic Kingdom – February 24 and March 3
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – June 22, 28, July 5, 13
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – September 6, 13
  • Disneyland Park – November 15
  • Epcot – December 4, 11

Sounds like fun!!

After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

If you are not a DVC member, fear not, you are not totally forgotten!  There are some Disney After Hours events at Magic Kingdom Park scheduled over the next few months.  Dates for this event are January 20, 27, February 2, 9, 16, and March 2, 9.  The benefits of this package include: Little to no wait times for popular attractions, 7PM entry for the ability to see “Wishes!”, and Snacks like ice cream, popcorn, and select beverages are included!

Watch this video from Disney Parks Blog to see what it’s like!

The cost of this event is $119 plus tax for ALL in attendance!

Paint The Night

I don’t normally dabble in rumor, but this one I hope is true!  It is rumored that the Paint The Night parade may find it’s way to Magic Kingdom Park for the Summer of 2017.  According to WDW News Today with the lighter than expected attendance of 2016 and the fact that, Pandora, The World Of Avatar is the only ‘new’ opening this year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it may be the best choice to bring this wonderful parade to help draw guests to WDW.

I hope I get to see it, if it comes to the park!

Thanks for reading and remember…

Let’s Keep The Magic Alive!!

Station Break at WDW

We all know the excitement we have when we are walking up to the entrance of Main Street U.S.A.!  The anticipation of what lies on the other side intensifies as we make the approach and, if you are like me, the weight of the world outside begins to leave!  Well, be prepared for a shock!

tarped-stationAs a part of the refurbishment of the Walt Disney Railroad scheduled through March 2, 2017, it appears that the Main Street U.S.A. station is under wraps!  A tarp has been stretched to cover the entire station area and the walk up has a bit of a different look to it.

One can only imagine that there is a fresh paint job, cleaning of ornamental aspects, and maybe a few little additions to enhance what we will see soon!

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Keep The Magic Alive!!

Security Change for Magic Kingdom

A new security checkpoint has been established at the walkway leading from Disney’s Contemporary Resort to Magic Kingdom Park.  A single access point is located as you exit the walkway.  This should make clearing security a bit easier for some headed into the Magic Kingdom.

I can’t help but wonder how the rest of the secured area may change now that the Welcome Show is now located inside the park at Cinderella’s Castle.  Could it be that each entry point will have it’s own set of security checkpoints?  Would that lighten up the congestion?

What about the other parks?

Security is certainly at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days.  And, personally, I have no problems with additional checkpoints.  Anything that allows the flow to keep moving without compromising on security is okay by me!

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Worth The Change At WDW!

Walt Disney World is testing a new dining option at Magic Kingdom Park®.  Beginning on January 12 and running through February 22, several of the Quick Service venues will begin participating in Disney Dine-on-the-Go!  The menu includes one Lunch Quick Service entree and one non-alcoholic beverage until 4pm and one Dinner Quick Service entree and non-alcoholic beverage good after 4pm.  Desserts will be an out-of-pocket expense, if you desire.

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The participating Quick Service venues are:

  • Casey’s Corner
  • Colombia Harbour House
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio Village Haus

Valid Park Admission Required!

The cost is $29 for adults and $12 for kids 3 – 9 and can be purchased at Magic Kingdom Park Vacation Planning booth. Is it worth it?  You tell me!!

Let’s Keep The Magic Alive!